BROOKLYN - The U.S. government says a task force that recommended women wait until they're 50 to get a mammogram does not set federal policy and wants women to "keep doing what [they've] been doing for years."

The American Cancer Society's long-standing position has been that women should get annual cancer-screening mammograms starting at age 40.

The city's Department of Health says breast cancer kills more than 1,200 people in New York City every year.

AP wire services were used in this report.